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FocusWriter, Wannabes and Practicing Writers

Dec 12, 2010, 11:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)


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"I generally write in Bluefish. It has just about everything I need -- a word count, a spell-checker, and shortcuts to produce clean HTML (if that's what the editor requires), and little of the overhead and distractions of a word processor. But I am always on the lookout for other tools, which is why FocusWriter interested me. Unfortunately, while it shows some promise, it turns out to be another writing tool designed more for wannabes than a working writer.

"I am actually surprised and disappointed to make that statement. Graeme Gott, FocusWriter's developer describes it as a "fullscreen, distraction-free word processor," which sounds like something that should suit me. And, whether full-screened or windowed, with its auto-hide menu and icon and status bars, FocusWriter does provide a minimalist environment in which to work. The problem is that FocusWriter also provides other features that Gott imagines that Writers need that are actually other forms of distractions."

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